Really easy vegan dish:
Okra and veggies
1/2 lb of okra (frozen okay) cut into pieces
1/2 onion (white or yellow)
1/2 red bell pepper
1 can diced tomatoes (fresh can work, too)
1 tbsp or so cumin
1 tbsp turmeric
~1/2 tsp garlic, minced
couple dashes pepper (fresh ground, ideally)
pinch of salt, if you feel it needs it after cooking or you use fresh tomatoes.
Slice the red pepper and onion into thin strips. No thicker than a pencil's width, but you don't want them too fine, either. They'll soften up a lot as they cook. Set them aside.
In a high-walled skillet or a wok heat the oil on medium heat until it shimmers. Just enough to give everything something to spread heat properly instead of burning. Add the pepper and onion, stirring intermittently so they don't burn. Otherwise, keep them covered to they cook more quickly. If you purchased fresh okra or the frozen okra has not been chopped into pieces, you can do this while the onion and peppers cook. Pinkie width should do nicely. The okra will cook faster than the onions and peppers, even from a frozen state. Once the onions are getting a little more pliable, add the okra. Once the okra has softened a little, you can add the turmeric, cumin, and pepper. Quantities are a very rough estimate, as I didn't measure any of them. The turmeric and cumin should be in about the same quantities. After stirring the first spices thoroughly, you want there to be a noticeable yellow tinge to the slime the okra releases as it cooks. It'll be sticky and not immediately appetizing looking, but the acid in the tomato fixes that. Pepper can go in too, now.
Once the peppers are soft, add the garlic and tomato. If you're using fresh tomatoes, add the salt at this time as well. Stir well, cover, and let it come back up to temperature. After it's done cooking, all the vegetables should be soft. The "slime" will be gone, thanks to the acid from the tomatoes. Turmeric is commonly used in Indian food, so this will go well as a side for other Indian dishes, such as curry.
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